NHM@Harwell Workstreams Manager, Earth Sciences

About Us

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity's needs with those of the natural world.

It is custodian of one of the world's most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes - which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future poli cies and plans to help the planet.

The Museum's 300 scientists continue to represent one of the largest groups in the world studying and enabling research into every aspect of the natural world. Their science is contributing critical data to help the global fight to save the future of the planet from the major threats of climate change and biodiversity loss through to finding solutions such as the sustainable extraction of natural resources.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats. Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world's leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role

The Museum has been awarded a substantial government investme nt of £182m, over 6 years, to create a new science and digitisation centre at the Harwell Science and Innovation Centre in south Oxfordshire. As part of this development, the Museum is planning to move approximately 40% of its 80 million specimens, library and archive collections from up to four sites (in London, Hertfordshire and Yorkshire) to the new site.

You will act as a senior lead and contact with the Department of Earth Sciences on all aspects of the NHM@Harwell programme, and be an ambassador for the programme within the Museum and with external partners. You will work with the Moves Project Manager, department staff and teams across the Museum to deliver the Earth Sciences specimen moves workstream, including proposing, recruiting and line-managing a dedicated NHM@Harwell collections team.

About you

This is a multidisciplinary role, requiring the skills, knowledge and experience of a highly competent collections manager, as well practical project management experience and strong people and relationship management experience. You will have the ability to motivate staff (including those you don't have direct line-management responsibility for) over a long-term project.

You will have a proven ability to lead and engage with curatorial or other Science teams through a period of change, and demonstrable experience of leading and successfully delivering major collections- based projects. Experience of planning and delivering collection moves is desirable.

Closing date: Thursday 13 May 2021

Interviews will be held: w/c 24 May 2021

How to apply

If that sounds like you please apply online on the Natural History Museum's careers portal, and provide:

* A comprehensive curriculum vitae giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts as well as your education and professional qualifications.

* A covering letter that summarises your interest in this post, p roviding evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the person specification

* Please ensure your letter includes details of your latest salary and notice period.

To apply, please visit https://careers.nhm.ac.uk/ and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification.

posted: 30 April 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.